NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. A lawyer who claims to know the application says Snowden fears he could face torture and the death penalty if he returns to the US.
The bill passed with a comfortable majority though representatives from both parties voted against it. President Trump sowed confusion prior to the vote, which is expected to pass the Senate before expiring next week.
Edward Snowden called on a Berlin audience via livestream to stand up and act on their freedoms – without asking permission. He also hinted at a new encryption technology he's co-developing to circumvent surveillance.
Germany has decided against launching a formal inquiry into accusations of NSA espionage in the country. Revelations by Edward Snowden do not provide "concrete evidence" for the offense, prosecutors said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin compared ex-FBI chief Comey with whistleblower Edward Snowden and offered him asylum during his annual call-in show. Putin also said that the Russian people would decide on his successor.
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